Marty and Darlene Adelson

Marty and Darlene Adelson
Members of Sundays at JASA

Turning Trauma to Triumph

In 2012, Superstorm Sandy paid a visit to Marty and Darlene Adelson and before she left had totally destroyed their Long Island home. After a period spent dealing with the trauma of the event, the couple got back on their feet, assessed their losses, and decided to view this as a rare opportunity to change their lives. Leaving the home and the friends they’d known for decades, they moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, to be near their daughter and her family. Marty and Darlene had visited the city frequently and were avid theatre-goers, but this was truly a fresh start. When one of Darlene’s friends told them about a unique program called Sundays at JASA, a continuing education program for adults 55+, they gave it a try. They discovered a welcoming community and developed a wide range of new interests. Marty focused primarily on the courses and lectures on politics and current events while Darlene started writing poetry. They both took a beginner’s class in Bridge, which they hadn’t played in 30 years. Marty also took his first course in opera, listening to new arias each week and gaining a new appreciation for the art form.

Sundays at JASA provided Marty and Darlene with a place to go and a perfect place to start a new chapter in their lives. As Marty said, “When Sandy closed a door in our lives, Sundays at JASA opened a window.”